Personal Criminological Theory

Apr 16th, 2015
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Write a 700- to 900-word paper describing your personal criminological theory. Address the following in your paper: How would you explain the occurrence of crime and why people commit crime? What variables would you consider? Identify assumptions on which your theory is based. What methodologies could you use to evaluate it?

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Personal Criminological TheoryNameClassDateProfessorPersonal Criminological Theory Crime is bad behavior displayed by citizens that reject societal norms and instead chose to commit crime. While there are many types of theories of why crime occurs the most prevalent cause for crime involves the social environment of the criminal offender. Psychological theories discuss interruptions in childhood development to cause crime but these developmental delays are heavily impacted by the criminal's environment. The same goes for biological theories that find genetic or biological factors that make a person more prone to becoming a criminal but require certain environmental factors for the person to actually become a criminal. Crime occurs when society does not provide all of its members with equal opportunities in society. The people denied equal opportunity in society will not have the same investment in their community as members of society that are afforded job and educational opportunities. When social functions are not equal the members of society being rejected by society will develop their own unique subculture that is more accepting of crime (Rock, 2012). This type of subculture appears in lower income and poverty stricken communities where police are less invested and citizen's great struggle in finding legitimate avenues for success. In this crime theory potential psychological causes for crime are accepted, such as mental illness

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